Lulworth Castle was built in the 17th century as a hunting lodge to entertain aristocracy. It was purchased by the Weld’s just 30 years after its competition and has remained in the family ever since. Today it is open to the general public and has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful castles in the south west. It is a popular tourist attraction along with other parts of the Weld estate, including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
Visitors are invited inside the castle to learn about its uses over the years. You can explore many of the rooms, where you’ll find out more about the Weld family’s history and the fire that once ravaged the castle. There are various collections of memorabilia on display, information board and videos to watch. For children there is a trail to find bats hidden around the castle.
During your visit we highly recommend taking time to climb the castle tower to admire the beautiful views over the Dorset countryside.
Outside the beautiful parkland can be explored at your leisure. There is a children’s playground as well as woodland walks and plenty of space for picnics. In the summer there are a number of games spread across the lawn. These include Jenga, Swingball and Pitch and Putt. Dogs are allowed in the grounds but they must be kept on a lead.
If you’re in need of refreshments the Castle Tearoom serves takeaway drinks. There are also souvenirs available to purchase.
Lulworth Castle has a jam-packed events schedule – with a variety of family friendly events taking place throughout the year. In the summer the incredibly popular Camp Bestival music festival takes over the castle grounds, with world class music acts, live entertainment, fairground rides and a firework display. What makes this festival so special is that it’s aimed at families. Other festivities include an outdoor cinema and a programme of Christmas, Easter and Halloween events.
Follow signs to Wareham and then pick up signs for Lulworth
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Lulworth Castle typically opens February to December. We advise you to visit the Lulworth Castle website prior to travelling to ensure it is open on the day of your intended visit.
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We booked for two nights in our Motorhome and ended up staying six nights. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Shower blocks were kept clean and water was lovely and hot. Bus stop directly outside site going to Poole and Swanage on the he number 40 bus route. Worth getting a return ticket to save money Mo, Oct 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020
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